Kickboxing as a fitness program, as opposed to a competitive hobby or sport, is not just about kicking someone’s butt, though that can be useful for stress management. It is an intense but achievable workout for people looking to diversify their cardio routines with something less boring than walking but not getting anywhere.
Kickboxing leads to sweating, much sweating, so it is important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to not wind up with heat exhaustion, pulled muscles or even sore muscles the next day. The average person burns about 250 calories when walking on a treadmill for an hour. Kickboxing can double that calorie burn.
Kickboxing targets core muscles, legs, arms, butt, and hips. It will also help someone practice discipline, because the moves are specific and need to be completed within the body’s natural range of motion. This helps target specific muscles when doing the movements correctly. Never extend the elbows and always kick from the hip.
When kickboxing, abdominals should be held in to help support posture and balance. This also helps direct strength for the moves. The practice of holding in abdominal muscles helps tone them.
For anyone who really enjoys kickboxing and wants to take it to the next level, they can sign up for the full contact sport. There are at least 15 different styles of kickboxing as dutch style.
Kickboxing originated in Thailand and is sometimes confused with Muay Thai. Kickboxing was created because in competitive Karate, participants were not allowed to strike each other and kickboxing allows sparring in competition. Muay Thai is different than kickboxing because it allows strikes below the belt and elbow and knee strikes.
There are a few things to keep in mind for safety and to be successful at kickboxing before someone gets started.